Education & Culture is a “critical review,” which is to say it’s a member of the same family that includes the TLS, the New York Review of Books, The Literary Review, The New York Times Book Review, The Threepenny Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, the Claremont Review of Books, and many others in this genre, past and present.
Most of the pieces in E&C take off from a book or several books: history, literature, music, science & math, religion, sports, art, anthropology, fashion, politics, philosophy, and so on—anything under the sun. We also publish pieces on movies & TV, interviews, freestanding essays, poetry, reportage, and more.
A jumble, then, a hodgepodge? Only insofar as that is true of the world itself, the universe, the whole shebang. This little miscellany is a microcosm of the reality we all share. Magazines such as E&C—”reviews”—encourage an awareness of the many-sidedness of things, a mingled sense of irony and awe, a sharp taste both of the absurdity and of the inexhaustible richness of creation.
*For a fuller statement of this theme, see John Wilson, “Magazine as Microcosm,” Comment, Fall 2011, pp. 8–11, from which the above is adapted.